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Writing Young Adult Fiction That Shines

Presented by Emily Colin

Emily Colin

Teens are voracious readers, and tend to champion the books they love. From fantasy to coming-of-age, historical to romance, paranormal to thriller, the young adult fiction market is diverse and thriving. Learn what makes a novel YA vs middle grade or new adult, as well as how to craft gripping, engaging young adult fiction with an authentic voice, dynamic plot, vivid setting, realistic dialogue, and compelling characters. We’ll also discuss revision, the current market, and the various paths to publication, so you can decide what’s right for you.


Emily Colin is the New York Times bestselling author of love stories with supernatural twists for adults and teens. For adults, she is the author of The Memory Thief, which was a Target Emerging Authors Pick, and The Dream Keeper's Daughter. For teens, she's the author of the Moonbeam Award-winning young adult dystopian-fantasy series, The Seven Sins. The first book, Sword of the Seven Sins, was a Foreword INDIES Award finalist, won the YA fiction award of the North Carolina Indie Author Project, and was shortlisted for the 2021 Manly Wade Wellman Award for North Carolina Science Fiction and Fantasy. The second book, Siege of the Seven Sins, is a 2021 silver IPPY Award winner and Foreword INDIES finalist.

Emily has co-edited and contributed to two anthologies, Wicked South: Secrets and Lies and Unbound: Stories of Transformation, Love, and Monsters, which was a Suspense Magazine “Best of” 2021 pick as well as a 2021 Foreword INDIES Award finalist. Her short fiction has also appeared in the USA Today bestselling romance anthology Dissent.

A former Pitch Wars mentor and current KissPitch mentor, Emily is a writing instructor, freelance editor, and book coach.

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